The chefs at Ship 2 Shore Seafood & Steaks fry, grill, broil, or blacken fine meals using highest quality ingredients from land and sea. Aquatic hankerings can be sated quickly without eating a child's sandcastle by ordering the mussels appetizer, which chefs free from rocks before sautéing ($8.99). The seafood trio lets diners collate a three-piece dream-squad from options such as shrimp, scallops, oysters, clam strips, and fish ($15.99; $12.99 for seniors), while the 16-ounce T-bone steak delights carnivores with a slab of high-quality certified Angus beef ($19.99). Kids' meals proffer a smattering of shrimp, clam strips, corn dogs, or mac 'n' cheese ($4.99 each) that tots can nosh from the safety of their under-the-table forts, while homemade peanut-butter pies end dinners on a sweet note ($2.99/slice).
As the founding family of Orange Tree Hot Dogs, the Koppenbergers have carefully guarded their secret recipes since opening the first location in 1968. The "dash of magic" outlined in those recipes is central to the coleslaw that tops their most popular hot dog, the aptly named slaw dog, or the savory sauce that blankets the onion-sauce dog. The Koppenbergers' menu also features their popular Orange Frost drink—made with orange juice, orange syrup, and ice—which serves as both a refreshing treat and an extinguisher for mustaches that catch fire.
Green Papaya's chefs draw from more than 20 years of combined culinary experience to craft Thai and Chinese delicacies, including simmering curries, fluffy fried rice, and stir-fried noodles. Appetizers and entrees cleared for landing arrive with the house’s signature sauces in tow, sporting spicy sichuan, fruity mango, or rich peanut curry. Dark wood sets doorways apart from deep-red walls and decorative glass screens, and skinny chairs with square cutouts tuck diners into glass tables topped with wineglasses, folded cloth napkins, and lyric sheets for traditional predinner sing-alongs.
Enthralled with the art of pizza-making, a trio of college students opened the first Mellow Mushroom 37 years ago in a former liquor establishment. Popularity bred new locations, doling out stone-baked pizzas sprinkled with unusual ingredients such as broccoli, pineapple, pesto chicken, caramelized onions, provolone cheese, and banana peppers. Chefs express their subconscious hoarding problems by stuffing a host of ingredients inside of calzones and hoagies, whose hearty compositions may be offset by crisp salads. Mellow Mushroom remains open late for night owls and offers catering services to help keep company meetings and divorce parties stress-free.